The Qatar national team won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after beating Japan 3-1 in the final, and now the football association wants more.
Qatar defeated Japan 3-1 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final on Friday, but the country has tasted what success is like, and now it wants more.
The game was very difficult, but the Qatari opened up the score at the 12th minute thanks to a goal by Almoez Ali.
At the 27th Abdulaziz Hatem scored the second goal of the night for the Qatari.
Then, Japanese footballer, Takumi Minamino tried to close the gap with a goal at the 69th minute.
But the fate of the finalists was sealed when Akram Afif scored in the 83rd minute for Qatar.
This is the biggest title the Maroons have won in their history, and will surely want to take the success all the way to the 2022 FIFA World Cup that they will host.
“The Qatari team has made the country proud,” said Qatar Football Association (QFA) president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani to The Peninsula Qatar.
“It was a wonderful performance that showed that this bunch will learn more as they play more.”
“I think all clubs and players should cooperate more so that the national team keeps getting positive results,” he commented.
“This is a historic day for Qatar football. The team delivered under pressure.”
“I congratulate the Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on this amazing victory for Qatar. The players deserve all the credit for their beautiful performance,” he added.
“I must personally thank the Oman fans. They were supporting our team in all the games.”
“Our fans could not make but they were here in large numbers. It was wonderful to see them show big hearts,” the QFA chief said.
The Qatari will now prepare to play in the 2019 Copa America was guests in Brazil.
They will play against Paraguay, then Colombia, and close against Argentina.
Time to say goodbye to a great host nation! 🇦🇪 👋
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